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2024 – Russian Orthodox Church: Mount Athos closed to Russian pilgrims?

Breaking news today: the Russian Orthodox Church has broken ties with Orthodoxy’s leader Bartholomew and says Mount Athos is now closed to Russian Orthodox Christians from RussiaBartholomew October 7th 2011 on the pier in Ouranopolis – foto Wim Voogd Ukraine secured approval … Continue reading

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2023 – A walk along the border

This September I spent the holidays with my wife in the beautiful Skites Resort between Ouranoupolis and the Athos border. No plans to visit Athos but after some  time I felt the urge to make a long walk and see … Continue reading

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2022 – Jan Paul ten Bruggencate dies at age of 87

Last Friday, 21th of September, on our last day of our 2018 pilgrimage to Athos, my good friend Jean Paul ten Bruggencate died at the blessed age of 87. He visited Athos many times and usually stayed at Maroudá or … Continue reading

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2021 – Simonospetras in moonlight

Two exceptional pictures of Simonospetras in moonlight, made last week by Jitze Bakker. Silence, tranquility and serenity are the appropriate words for these pictures (thanks to monk T.) Wim Voogd, 25/9

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2020 – a sneak preview of the 2018 pilgrimage and news from Athos

From the monastery of Simonospetras, where we could sleep for two nights thanks to monk T., I will show a few images that I shot the last three days: The cave/old boat house from 1853 at arsanas Prodromou News item: … Continue reading

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2019 – Helicopter crash in 2004

Today, 14 years ago , a fatal helicopter crash happened just outside the coast of Sithonia peninsula. Everyone on board died. The Chinook helicopter from the Greek army was on its way to Mount Athos, probably to the Heli platform … Continue reading

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2018 – the German flak position on Athos in WW II?

In the Second World War the Nazi’s invaded Greece and also took position on the peninsula of Athos. We reported about the Nazi occupation many times in this weblog (see f.e. posts  1218 and 1444). In post 1503 I shared two … Continue reading

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